24 October 2016
Attended Yarm School, Yarm for a performance of ‘Spamalot’ by the Darlington OC Theatre Group. This was inspired by the classic comedy film Monty Python and The Holy Grail. It features a line-up of a flatulent Frenchman and killer rabbits girls, knights and what can only be described as oversized munchkin. What a fantastic night of entertainment, there was a flawless performance by all the cast in presenting that zany comedy in the Python style. I met some of the cast at the half time interval who were all local young people, their next show, ’West Side Story‘, will be in March next year, a date to put in your diary! Thank you to all the performers and crew members for great evening.
25 October 2016
Attended The Oval Childcare Nursery, Newtown Resource Centre, Stockton, where I met Tracy Mclone the owner of the nursery. Through hard work Tracy had developed a child minding service into a childcare nursery caring for over 80 children of different pre-school ages. They have just had an OFFSTED Visit in which they got a good rating (a fantastic effort for their first one which can be a daunting experience). I officially opened the nursery and spoke to the children and staff who were extremely happy with the facilities provided. I wish them every success in the future and thank them for their hospitality.
Attended the formal opening of the new Yarm Library which incorporates the Newcastle Building Society, this is yet another innovative way of preserving our libraries yet introducing another service in the premises. The library has maintained its individuality whilst the Newcastle building society has achieved a marketable experience, I was informed by the manager and staff that they were thrilled to be working in this office and were kept busy by customers. There is also a small tranquil garden and benches at the rear of the premises offering a quiet idyllic setting. I officially opened the Library and judging from feedback from people who were there they thought it was a great idea. Good Luck to all involved and yet another positive move by Stockton Council to retain our libraries.
26 October 2016
Attended the commemoration of the birth of Captain Cook and the wreath laying on the High Green at All Saints Church ( absolutely freezing it’s the first time this year I have seen my breath, however the Priest put on the central heating, about 12 candles ). Once we finished the service we went to the green in the centre of the village where we held a service to lay a wreath at the statue of the young Cook. After the service I notice a few of the group go into a shop ‘Petchs ‘ Pies’, a well-known pie shop!
Attended An Evening at Middleton Hall, Darlington at the request of the Mayor of Darlington in aid of his charities. We were treated to music from The Seasonal Singers who are a group from across the area who sing mainly at charity functions for a nominal fee which in turn goes to their chosen charity.
They sang music from the 1940s (the Mayor of Darlington knew all the words) right up to modern times, we had a great night but still I never won on the raffle! Thank you to the Mayor for his hospitality and to the staff and band for their contribution to a memorable evening.
27 October 2016
Attended the Town Hall, Stockton, where we hosted a visit from the ladies of Priory Court, Stockton. With the help of our now guide we showed them around the Town Hall explaining all its history. I think it’s true to say that they were amazed at the facts that were given to them about the long history of the Town Hall and the surrounding areas, I am pleased they took advantage of our open invitation for groups to attend and look around the Town hall. They were a very smart group of ladies who were inquisitive yet knowledgeable.
28 October 2016
Attended my charity Casino night held at the Grosvenor Casino, Stockton. We had a good turn out with Bizzi Dixon singing and comparing the night (he was on the voice last year and was on Sir Tom Jones team) plenty of games and prizes on offer. Again sad to say couldn’t even win the raffle at my own event, judging by the subsequent feedback everyone enjoyed the night with monies being donated to my charity. Can I say a big thank you to the Grosvenor Casino for their support and the help of Joanne and Michelle for their help and of course a big thank you to Bizzi. Of course I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to have a photo taken under the Bizzi ( BUSY ) sign.
29 October 2016
Attended the North East Field of Remembrance, Gateshead, where with other dignitaries we held a service to commemorate the brave fallen from the Armed forces All the wars. This is one of only six dedicated sights in the United Kingdom, a very poignant service with thousands of poppy crosses laid out in rows for each of the war years each representing someone who had fallen in that battle.
Attended the mayor of Ferryhills Charity Quiz night, however we weren’t aware that fright night fancy dress was optional until I was greeted by Beetle Juice and it was only because I saw the chain that recognised the Mayor! Luckily the Mayors and Mayoresses of Darlington and Durham came dressed in suits so I didn’t stand out alone, we had a good night with the questions being based on Halloween. Thank you to the Mayor and Mayoress for their hospitality.
Just to add that I managed to get to the BORO match but had to leave just before the end UTB.
30 October 2016
Attended the Cenotaph in Middlesbrough to commemorate Trafalgar day, we marched with the Sea Cadets to the South African war memorial. We each did an inspection on the parade then the service was held with all the Cadets and Officers looking impeccable (Well done to everyone involved). We then paraded back to the Albert Park where Lord Lieutenant, Barry Dodd led the salute to the parade pass.
Attended the Finals of the Table Tennis championships held in Thornaby pavilion. What a display of talent from all there, who were all under 18yrs with some obvious stars. It was hard to keep your eye on one table as there was that much going on. I presented runner up and winners prizes to some pretty tired youngsters, this event is held every year and is a great advert for the sport. Thank you to the organisers for inviting me.
Attended Diwali Celebrations at the Hindu Temple, North Ormesby, Middlesbrough. I was greeted and taken inside, what a spectacle with all the various statues lit up, and we were treated to some traditional singing to start with. Then we were especially enthralled with the dancing from the ladies of the Hindu Dance Academy, the colours worn by the ladies were very exotic and traditional with excellent dancing skills, if I was to even attempt any of the moves I would suffer injury. We were then treated to the young girls doing the traditional dance and they were faultless. What a great evening and the Mayoress and myself were made to feel most welcome by everyone We finished the evening with a small meal of Indian dishes (trying to keep my weight down) which was excellent! This community also go out and about helping to feed people via food banks and distributing food parcels, well done and again thank you all for your hospitality, warmness and a great night.